Confederate Raider 1861-65

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Osprey Publishing, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 48 pages
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The Confederate states adopted radical solutions to counter the naval superiority of their opponents. One of the more successful solutions they adopted was the use of commerce raiders. This book describes the reasons which forced the Confederates to resort to commerce raiding, and outlines the way in which these craft were converted or specially built to perform their role. It details not only the way these craft were operated and manned, but also their brutal attacks, daring escapes and climatic battles against the large numbers of Union warships forced to hunt them down.

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While the Confederte navy may seem oceans away from Australian history it never the less impacted quite heavilly on the country especially with CSS Shenandoah using Australian ports for repairs and supplies. A large part of its crew were recruited in Melbourne. After the war some of the sailors found their way back to Australia and one of note served on CSS Georgia, his name Richard Curtis. He was paymaster for the Confederate navy and sailed on all of CSS Georgia's voyages, even met up with the Alabama and walked her decks. He later served on the massive iron clad ram CSS Stonewall but she arrived too late to see much real service but existed long enough to scare the Union ragged.
It is a good time for a book like this to surface as we mark 150 years since the war. I am looking forward to reading it.
Robert Taylor ACWRTQ


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Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 20 books for Osprey. His other maritime titles include Campaign 103: Hampton Roads 1862, New Vanguard 41: Confederate Ironclad 186165 and New Vanguard 56: Union River Ironclad 186165. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He is now based in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.

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